Struggling Master or Comfortable Slave?

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Entrepreneurs know why they prefer to be struggling Masters, rather than comfortable slaves. We know the passion and excitement of building a life, instead of merely surviving to serve a master whom we secretly despise.

We choose to do now what others won’t so that we can live like others can’t in the future. We believe in our vision, our mission, ourselves, our partners, our God. We create wealth and ease, employment for many, security for our families. We enjoy self-respect, and we are prepared to endure the hard times, the insecurity, the fear and the long hours, in order not to compromise our values and beliefs.

Genesis 25:29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, ‘Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!’ 31 Jacob replied, ‘First sell me your birthright.’ 32 ‘Look, I am about to die,’ Esau said. ‘What good is the birthright to me?’ 33 But Jacob said, ‘Swear to me first.’ So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.

We appreciate and honour the dream that we have. We treasure and courageously protect it. We work hard, persistently, diligently, and faithfully to achieve our objectives. We don’t sell out to escape responsibility and make a quick buck. We are very selective whom we choose to work with and whom we spend our time with. We despise half measures and we won’t drop our standards to conform to the world around us. We do not procrastinate or make excuses. Our word is our bond.

And, in time, the fruits of our work become evident to all; the naysayers and mockers and haters are shamed. Our families and loved ones are rewarded for their patience and loyalty. Our generosity if apparent to all, and we are a shining example of integrity and commitment.

The heights by great men reached and kept

Were not attained by sudden flight,

But they, while their companions slept

Were toiling upward in the night.

Robin Elliott

10 Simple Reasons Why People are Lining Up to Join This

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The beauty of building our GoodLife Team is it makes perfect sense for 99% of people. Here are some of the reasons:

  1. Everyone can give away $200 Hotel Gift Cards that only cost them 18 cents each
  1. Most people love to travel
  1. It’s VERY easy to understand this business and even easier to do
  1. Our product (the Gift Card ) will help build any other business!
  1. Most people can easily afford to join
  1. Everyone can introduce just two people, and that date stamps them into the Legacy Tree!
  1. Most people avoid Binary systems at all costs – this is 2 by 20 and all automated. And they feel secure when they see who the Founders of the company are.
  1. It’s new – most people have never heard of it, so the fields are wide open
  1. People LOVE the multiple ways we get paid
  1. When they see the amount of help and support they get, they are amazed.

There are many more reasons, including the astounding Member Benefits. Contact me for more information and mention GoodLife. Let’s talk.

Robin Elliott

AFRICA: Proof of the Dunning-Kruger Effect, Rampant in North America

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The photo above is of the new South African Finance Minister, a major sufferer from Dunning-Kruger syndrome, showing off his mentality by wearing a full South African Airways Captain’s uniform when he has never flown a plane in his life. This was while he was ‘governing’ SAA.

From Wikipedia:

The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is. Psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger attributed this bias to a metacognitive incapacity, on the part of those with low ability, to recognize their ineptitude and evaluate their competence accurately. Their research also suggests corollaries: high-ability individuals may underestimate their relative competence and may erroneously assume that tasks which are easy for them are also easy for others.

Dunning and Kruger have postulated that the effect is the result of internal illusion in those of low ability, and external misperception in those of high ability: “The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others.”

While this has always been a standing international joke regarding African political leadership, it is now rampant in North America, too, where three things have exacerbated the prevalence of this disease: the “Politically Correct” cancer that has been propagated by out-of-control Cultural Marxism, along with egalitarianism, the false doctrine that all people and all races are equal (implying intelligence and culture), and the poisonous, one-sided Affirmative Action that has spiraled out of control in North America. Obama is an obvious example of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

This three-part video series (r/K selection theory) elaborates further on the far-reaching consequences of the toxic partnership between egalitarianism and Cultural Marxism, particularly Part Three.

It behooves thinking business owners to take heed of this phenomenon when selecting employees.

Robin Elliott

Get an Instant, Automated, Done-For-You Business (not MLM) for $25,000

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No overhead at all. One time payment. No inventory, shipping, or finances. No warranties or insurance or licensing. No salaries to pay. We take care of everything for our Distributors. Use our website and marketing material. You get free training, guidance, coaching. We help you recruit and train your salespeople, who work on commission only.

IPS Safety Inc. was created in response to the massive, growing need for camera surveillance, the care and protection of Seniors and the more vulnerable among us, and addressing the problem of cost and intricacy regarding electronic surveillance and tracking. We provide telephone support to our customers to overcome the problems with translated Chinese instructions and the lack of technical support available from large companies, alarm companies, big-box stores, and online sales. We continually grow our product line. Each product line is subject to exhaustive testing before we add it to our offering.

Our customers easily and quickly set up their own equipment – no installation is necessary.

Distributors receive a territory of around 250,000 people for $25,000. Salespeople, as well as the Distributor himself, can sell anywhere in North America. Each is provided with a unique Discount Code. Salespeople and Distributors provide customers with their Discount Code which the customers use to on our website to earn a 5% discount when purchasing our products. All sales are tracked via these Discount Codes in order to pay 15% of all sales in commissions to each salesperson and Distributor making those sales.

In addition to individual sales commissions, Distributors are paid fifty percent (50%) of the company profit derived from their territory. We use postal codes or zip codes to track all sales to calculate monthly Distributor payouts for their territories.

We create all the marketing materials and Distributors pay to advertise for salespeople in their territories. We maintain and upgrade our website. We assist in the recruiting of those salespeople – each one signs a contract with IPS Safety Inc. – and we assist in the regular, weekly training of these salespeople, as well training and coaching our Distributors. Our marketing strength is in leverage and collaboration. We have no marketing budget – instead, we pay generous commissions and keep our prices reasonable.

In addition to their sales and Distributor income, Distributors are encouraged to earn extra residual income from our incentive program which Salespeople use to obtain appointments, referrals, and access to potential customers.

For More Information, please contact me.

Robin Elliott

 

 

A Story of Two Salesmen

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James Altucher, an American, is a fund manager, best-selling author, and entrepreneur. James has founded or co-founded more than twenty companies, seventeen failed, and the remaining three made him tens of millions of dollars. He doesn’t know how to quit.

When I was in high school, a friend of mine, Barry Pretorius, dropped out in grade ten and I never saw him again until, many years later, I walked into a coffee shop where I was sitting at a table and re-introduced himself. He was living on a drug rehabilitation farm with his new wife and her three kids. He had no money and no car and he dressed like a drug addict on the street. He asked me what I was doing since I looked “successful” to him. I was about 36. (See picture above.)

I told Barry that I was an independent distributor for Success Motivation International (SMI) and that I had 15 salesmen working for me. I told him our products helped people become more successful and use more of their potential. Barry asked if he could be one of my salespeople. I replied, “No, Barry. You need $600 to buy a sales kit and you have no money. You need a car to get to Johannesburg every day for a week for sales training, to get to appointments, to come to sales meetings, and you have no car. You need a phone to make appointments. You have no phone. You need to dress for success. Look at your clothes.”

Barry told me in no uncertain terms, at the top of his voice, that I was a lying hypocrite, because I had told him what my products could do, that they had changed my own life, and that they could change his. He insisted that he would make it happen. “OK, Barry,” I responded loudly, “I’ll give you a chance. But talk is cheap. Be at my office tomorrow morning at eight sharp for the sales meeting, and let’s see what you can do. Now get out of here.”

Barry showed up the next day looking like a million dollars. He borrowed cars from people, hitchhiked to Johannesburg for his sales training, borrowed the money for his sales kit and decent clothes, and made his calls from call boxes and customers. Within weeks he was my best salesman. He paid back all his loans, helped his mother, and rented a nice house with a pool for his family he bought a used car. He never complained or made excuses, and he devoured the SMI programs and the books I recommended.

I had another salesman, George Lindeque. He was in his fifties, lived with his aged mother, drove her car, ate her food, and used her money. He showed up at sales meetings said all the right things, and never made a sale. He constantly made excuses. He borrowed money from his brother when he couldn’t get enough from his mother. One morning I called him at 10.30 in the morning at home and his mother said, “George is in the bathtub.” I fired his lazy, parasitical ass the next day.

We all go through hard times, we all experience ups and downs in life, but we also all make choices multiple times each day. We can choose to complain and make excuses and justify or we can change our attitudes, listen to good advice, and make things happen. It’s never too late to start over. You can be a victim or a victor; it’s up to you. If you’re looking for a way to wealth, see this. Let’s talk.

Robin Elliott

Succeed One Step at a Time – Together

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How do people become top athletes, successful entrepreneurs, millionaires, successful marriage partners? We start where we are and take one step forward at a time. Along the way, we fail, fall down, and make mistakes, but we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and start again – UNTIL we succeed. You don’t wait until all the traffic lights are green before starting a journey, do you? No – you just need one green light to start.

Long ago I worked for one of our railroads whose tracks threaded the passes through [the] mountains. I frequently rode the trains. It was in the days when there were steam locomotives. Those great monsters of the rails were huge and fast and dangerous. I often wondered how the engineer dared the long journey through the night. Then I came to realize that it was not one long journey, but rather a constant continuation of a short journey. The engine had a powerful headlight that made bright the way for a distance of 400 or 500 yards. The engineer saw only that distance, and that was enough because it was constantly before him all through the night into the dawn of the new day. And so it is with our eternal journey. We take one step at a time. In doing so we reach toward the unknown, but faith lights the way. If we will cultivate that faith, we shall never walk in darkness.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

When I first started downhill snow skiing, I stop at the top of Mystery Peak on Mount Seymour and watched other skiers launching off into a misty unknown – we couldn’t see more than ten feet ahead of us from the top. It was scary. But I reckoned that if they could do it, so could I, so off I went, albeit with a little trepidation. As I went, I could see more and more. That’s a lot like life. Taking those first few steps into a new venture,. And then having the faith and guts to doggedly and consistently proceed all the way to your objective is an exciting, stimulating adventure.

Of course, if President Hinkley was teamed up with an experienced engineer on that train, it would have been infinitely easier than had he been alone. And teaming up with the right business partners, marriage partner, or sports coach is equally important. It’s possible, but hard to do it alone, albeit stimulating and invigorating, as I discovered when skiing. One gets worn down and more stressed alone or with the wrong partners in business. Good partners bring balance, perspective, and added resources.

That’s why the Mastermind concept works so well: In his famous book, “Think and Grow Rich,” Napoleon Hill explains the Mastermind as “The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony. No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible, intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind [the master mind.]” Mastermind groups have been around for thousands of years, helping people to make wonderful changes in their lives, other peoples’ lives and even nation’s lives.

Our business, IPS Safety Inc. utilizes this Mastermind concept very effectively through our structure of Salespeople and Distributors across North America.

Robin Elliott (The bed closest to the camera on the right was mine in our army barracks on a weekend in 1971.)

An Ass No More

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From Wikipedia:

Buridan’s Ass is an illustration of a paradox in philosophy in the conception of free will. It refers to a hypothetical situation wherein an ass that is equally hungry and thirsty is placed precisely midway between a stack of hay and a pail of water. Since the paradox assumes the ass will always go to whichever is closer, it will die of both hunger and thirst since it cannot make any rational decision to choose one over the other.”

Shall I or shan’t I? What can go wrong? How much can I lose, and, if I fail, what will people say? I’ll look like an ASS.

Well, actually, you’ll BE an ass if you can’t make up your mind and continue to miss great opportunities that are customarily averse to knocking twice. And I’m not suggesting you leap, like a rabid monkey from opportunity to opportunity, moving on to the next one before you give the present one a smidgen of a chance to mature. That’s equally childish.

While we do learn from our failures, many people seem to think that the more defeats they can amass, the better they can justify writing off any chance of building real wealth and settle for a regular job, thereby guaranteeing a life of mediocrity, quiet desperation, debt, and, often, seething discontent.

Here’s what I suggest:

First, create the specific criteria for your choice. Include your risk tolerance, remembering that one should never risk more than one is prepared to/can afford to lose, that nothing lasts forever, and that everything is risky. Also, where your strengths can be leveraged and your weaknesses covered by a system. And, of course, look for something you’re truly passionate about, something you really believe in.

Second, is there enough potential income to warrant your hard work and real commitment?

Third, can you use leverage and collaboration in this endeavor?

Fourth, do you like, trust, and admire the people you’re getting involved with? This is probably the most important part. I seek out people who are wealthier, better connected, smarter, more motivated, and more successful than I am to associate with. Do they share my values? Are they honest? Reliable? Do I enjoy spending time with them?

THEN TAKE ACTION! COMMIT! Stay with it! Remember von Goethe’s words:

Until one is committedthere is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

Robin Elliott

Financially Drowning?

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Imagine a person falls over the railing of a ship and lands in the cold water. The ship is moving away, and he knows that there is no chance of swimming to the shore before dying of hyperthermia. But a sharp-eyed passenger sees the person in the water and kindly throws him a life preserver, which lands right next to him in the choppy water. They are shocked to see the person struggling in the water push the life preserver away – instead, he drowns.

A man sat in his cottage and heard the urgent news being broadcast on this little radio that a great flood was coming. He turned off the radio and carried on reading his book. Then he saw the warning on television. He turned that off, too. Next, his neighbour came to warn him. He ignored that warning as well. And the water rose.

The police came knocking at his door, warning him to evacuate, then, when the water was too high and he had to climb onto the roof of his cottage, a boat came by, but he dismissed their help. Finally, a helicopter crew tried to rescue him, risking their own lives in the process, but he again refused, and he drowned.

When he got to heaven, he asked God, “Why did you let me drown?” God answered, “I sent you all the help you needed to live, but you chose to reject it, and you simply suffered the consequences.”

We all have choices to make. We make excuses, we complain, we ask for handouts, we blame. And then we pray for help. And God always sends us solutions. But if we’re too proud, too cynical, to sceptical, too self-important, too lazy, or too stupid to grab those solutions and work at them with all our might, thus turning our lives around, we are bound to suffer the consequences.

(Men who can do this but prefer to live off their wives or parents or the government, parasites who scrounge off others, eventually find themselves alone and very poor and unhappy. Sooner of later, your rescuers will tire of you and move on.)

So before you complain that you have tried and failed, smart people know that winners fail until they succeed. The only time you lose is when you stop trying. Here is a financial solution that anyone can do, and that can definitely turn your life around. Make money by giving valuable gifts away. It works.

Robin Elliott

Are Your Troubles a Cocked Wing?

 

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Those of us who have seen a mother hen cock or lift a wing so that her chicks could run underneath it for warmth and protection, or who have witnessed a mother duck cover her ducklings with her wings, will love this analogy. Have you ever considered that God might be allowing our troubles in order to gather us closer to Himself? To teach us His peace that passes all understanding?

Knowing that He will not allow us more troubles than we can handle and that His father-heart longs to draw us into a closer relationship with him, doesn’t it make sense? “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” Matt 23:37. Is it possible that He loves us enough to apply pressure to soften our hearts and bring us to our senses?

One’s faith is built through hard times when we see God’s protection and provision, but we need to realize it by getting to a point where we turn to Him, run under His wing as it were, and ask Him. “The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.” Ruth 12:2

We know how the Lord allowed Satan to test Job by increasing degrees to test his faith, and how God rewarded his loyalty in the end. We grow stronger through adversity, and our faith and love of God grow when we realize and acknowledge His part in our success. Things don’t happen by accident. There are lessons to be learnt, sometimes hard lessons.

My wife and I watched a father and mother duck with their chicks on the lake one day. An eagle swooped down to grab a chick. The mother and father and chicks bolted for cover, leaving the slowest chick to be scooped up in the powerful talons on the eagle, only to be ripped apart and eaten on the shore. God is not like that. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Even when it feels like the heavens are as brass and He has forgotten you, He is there, waiting with His wing cocked, offering hope and assurance that whatever happens, He is with you, even in death.

Have you seen how mother geese will hiss at people who get too close to their chicks and even physically chase them away? Psalm 91:4 reads, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Don’t harden your heart and blame Him for your troubles. Get an eternal perspective.

We can shorten the length of our mental, spiritual, and emotional suffering, even in the presence of increased physical suffering by drawing close under God’s wing. Knowing His loving presence and guidance provides us the strength and assurance that we long for. Turn to Him.

Chicks grow in their faith and become mature adults who, in turn, can lead, teach, and protect others by inviting them to the shade beneath our Father’s wings. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Robin Elliott

How Sad it’s Friday

 

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It’s sad to see how worked up employees get over weekend and holidays. Does it mean they don’t enjoy the rest of the week or month? They endure five sevenths of their week and live for their miserable weekend and two-week annual holiday. I know – I have seen it: people spending their tea times and lunch times talking about weekends and their annual holiday, morose on a Monday morning. Just look at the happy faces of commuters on a cold Monday morning…

Why not arrange your life so that you can enjoy all of it? Every day?

I did that, thirty years ago. I changed my life by choice. I enjoy every day. My work is my hobby. I look forward to the opportunity to create a better business, to choose where I go and when I go, whom I associate with, what I do, how I do it, and how much money I earn. I don’t answer to anyone but God. I don’t ask for permission to go to the washroom or take a day off, like a schoolboy or a prisoner.

My freedom – my agency – is a God-given gift, and it’s not for sale. My most valuable asset, which is my time and freedom, is not for sale. Because once it’s gone, I’m never getting it back again, like selling a finger: you can’t grow another one.

Now before you respond, “Well, being an entrepreneur is not for everyone,” I suggest iit is, if you value freedom as highly as I do. It’s not for timid, weak, or really stupid people, or those with no aspirations. It’s not for parasites or sluggards. But for most, it is quite possible to find a good business fit for your unique skills, personality, strengths, weaknesses, and likes. There are countless options for a truly motivated, determined person. The only things that stop the average person are fear, lethargy, past failures, and negative conditioning.

You can change your life – improve it dramatically in every area – spiritual, mental, emotional, family, social, physical, financial. You don’t have to live for Fridays or annual holidays or going home time; you can enjoy every day. It’s your choice. Contact me and I’ll give you a few options to consider. Here’s an example of something virtually anyone can do to create a serious income.

Robin Elliott